Cougars win three events as Mt. SAC Relays begin

first_imgDeKok was fourth in the discus (148-10), and Brian Belue (Saugus) finished sixth in the 400 meters (48.99). Hampton (Valencia) won the high jump (5-2), and sophomore Linda Cohn was third in the javelin (116-21/2). “(Cohn’s) throw was a foot less than her personal best,” Kane said. “That’s very good.” Head start: DeKok and Cohn got a feel for the atmosphere they’ll be competing in when they return to Mt. SAC for the SoCal Prelims on April 29. “It’s yet another reason for bringing them to Mt. SAC,” Kane said. “If you’re not familiar with that mentally, it could pose a problem.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College of the Canyons’ track and field team took its top athletes to last weekend’s junior college portion of the Mt. San Antonio College Relays and came away with some outstanding performances. Three COC freshmen won events, with Salim Benmohammed capturing the men’s 1,500 meters, Alex DeKok the men’s hammer throw and Melissa Hampton the women’s high jump. Benmohammed (Canyon High) dominated in the 1,500, winning in 4 minutes, 0.66 seconds, five seconds better than his previous best. Second-place Dan Villanueva of El Camino of Torrance was well behind, in 4:02.17. “It’s the best race he’s run all year,” coach Belinda Kane said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt followed a grueling 800-meter battle in which Benmohammed finished third in 1:56.40. “If he’s going to compete at both levels (junior college and college), he’s going to have to go back to back like that,” Kane said. “That was our goal, and he accomplished that.” DeKok (Saugus) won the hammer throw with a toss of 164 feet, 7 inches – far beyond the 138-4 by runner-up Herbie Aceves of Mt. San Antonio of Walnut. DeKok, who battled back and hamstring injuries earlier this year, qualified for the SoCal Regionals with the throw, the third-best mark in California. “He’s starting to put it together,” Kane said. “We talked a little bit and decided that it’s time to get serious.” last_img

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